The Lisboans boasts a plum location: steps from the Tagus River and within easy reach of the Lisbon Cathedral, in the city-central Baixa district. Cultural landmarks, noteworthy dining spots, cool 'hoods and retail lures are all a short walk away.
Lisbon’s airport is just a 20-minute drive away; hotel transfers can be arranged (from €30 for four people, one way). Let Smith24 sort your flights.
Santa Apolónia station is three kilometres from the hotel, with services connecting to the city of Porto.
If you come with wheels, park your car in the underground public car park nearby (€20 for 24 hours).
From the airport, you can also catch the Metro to the hotel. Take the Red Line towards São Sebastiã. After nine stops, exit at Alameda and switch to the Green Line towards Cais Do Sodré. After six stops, hop out at Baixa-Chiado (Rua do Crucifixo exit) and walk to 9 Travessa do Almada: hey presto, you’ve arrived.
Worth getting out of bed for
Borrow bikes and wheel around Lisbon. The hotel has partnered with a local tourist company: let staff know if you’d like to sign up for a tour, expedition or experience. Visit the Museu Nacional dos Coches in Belem, which boasts one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world. (Taking the bus will never seem less glamorous.) Stroll around Lisbon’s mediaeval São Jorge Castle, which spies on the Tagus River; you can even sip a glass of wine while you soak up the views at the top. For an easier ramble, explore the cathedral right next door to the Lisboans. Day-trippers can hop on a train along the coast to Cascais, around 90 minutes away, which has a winsome beach. Pick up picnic provisions from the Lisboans’ little market store, right next door...
Sample proper Portuguese food in tiny Taberna da Rua das Flores (+351 21 347 9418), which is beloved of the Lisboans’ owners. This restaurant on Rua das Flores doesn’t accept bookings, so get there early to avoid tantrums/tears. If you love seafood ceviche and pisco sours, A Cevicheria (+351 21 803 8815) on Rua Dom Pedro V will be right up your street. Dress to impress for this tasty proposition, which pays tribute to Peru’s national dish. Zero Zero (+351 918 909 185) on Pátio do Pinzaleiro in Príncipe Real serves faultless pizzas; try the classic Margherita DOP or the Pugliese.
Never been to a custard-tart bar? Change that at Manteigaria, minutes from Chiado, Lisbon’s popular shopping district – on Rua do Loreto. Manteigaria’s Art Deco building – a butter shop in another life – has a counter and kitchen where an endless (well, from 8am until midnight) procession of egg tarts are served. Watch the bakers rolling, shaping and filling new tarts through the plexiglass window while you munch your still-warm sugar-bomb. Every time a new batch of tarts comes out of the oven, a bell is rung.